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Tackling NDIS Core Supports: Consumables

Getting the most out of your NDIS plan is absolutely essential! After all, it's your funding, and you want to make sure you're using it to its fullest potential.

Making the most of your plan's budget and understanding what it covers, are key factors in this process. We understand that navigating the different funding options can be a bit tricky, but don't worry, we're here to help! So, let's dive right in and take a closer look at one of the funding options available under the three main budget areas: Core, Capital, and Capacity Building.

We're going to tackle a really important topic within Core supports: NDIS Consumables.

We've noticed that this subject often leaves people with tons of questions. But, we are here to shed some light so, let's jump right in and explore every aspect of this topic together.

Definition of NDIS Consumables:

NDIS Consumables encompass routine expenses that are considered "reasonable and necessary" for managing personal disability-related requirements, up to a maximum value of $1500. These items can be purchased from various retail stores such as hardware shops, pharmacies, supermarkets, and online platforms.

Examples range from disposable aids for eating and continence products to larger items like specialized mattresses and pillows.

An important thing to keep in mind: the NDIS only funds supports that it considers "reasonable and necessary."

We understand that interpreting this concept can be a bit tricky as it is going to be different for each person so we are going to break down the criteria that the NDIS uses to assess whether a support is deemed reasonable and necessary.

It comes back to the initial process of creating your plan, as during this process the NDIS takes into account the following items which then determine what is "reasonable and necessary" for you.

  1. Your goals and aspirations

  2. Your strengths, capacity and individual circumstances

  3. Any barriers, limitations and restrictions you face in undertaking activities or things that stop you from living an 'ordinary life'

  4. Your disability support needs

  5. Any risks and safeguards we may need to think about when considering your support needs

  6. Medical, therapy or assessments you have had

(For children younger than 7 there is a different approach which is detailed separately to this post.)

Coverage of Consumables:

Again, the specifics of what can be purchased using your NDIS Consumables budget depends on your individual plan and the items deemed "reasonable and necessary" for you.

Below are some examples of items that may be eligible for purchase using your Consumables budget:

  • Catheters, absorbent products, and pads

  • Continence products (subject to age requirements)

  • Personal care and safety products

  • Specialized mattresses and pillows

  • Telephone or video interpreting Auslan or signed English training

  • Low-cost assistive technology for vision or hearing-related needs

  • Disability-related wound and skincare

  • Home Enteral Nutrition

  • Pumps and syringes for home enteral nutrition purposes

  • Food preparation products

  • Modified eating aids

When it comes to purchases, there is actually a wide range of things that could potentially be covered by the Consumables budget. As the most beneficial part of the Consumable budget is it's flexibility.

Once your allocated budget amount has been set, you have the freedom to choose how you need to spend it - just remember, as long as your expense meets the "reasonable and necessary" criteria.

Exclusions from Consumables Coverage:

Please keep in mind that the eligibility of specific items for funding depends on your personal circumstances. If you are uncertain, we recommend reaching out to us for clarification.

Generally speaking, there are certain items that are not covered by your NDIS Consumables budget. Examples include general food and grocery items unrelated to your disability needs, prescription medications, toiletries, and cosmetics.

Additionally, the NDIS does not fund nutrition supports that are not directly related to your disability, such as a poor diet caused by factors unrelated to your disability.

Purchasing Consumables:

You can purchase Consumables from both registered and unregistered merchants, except if you are NDIA managed, in which case the provider must be registered.

In most cases, participants can directly pay the provider for items priced under $1500 without requiring a quote.

Please contact us for further information or questions.

Did you know that using a Plan Manager eliminates the hassle of handling your NDIS administration?

Our goal at Fast Plan Management is to guarantee accurate and fast payment to your service providers (within 48 hours) while giving you convenient access to useful resources such as monthly reports and dashboard, which allows easy and effortless tracking of your expenditures and budgets. Plan Management is available to everyone, and the NDIS covers the costs so it is a free service to you. Your goals and aspirations are at the centre of your NDIS plan — and at the heart of our business.

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